Gospel Herald Obituaries - February, 1919

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Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 45 - February 6, 1919 - page 806, 807

Kauffman. - William D., son of Joseph and Nellie Kauffman, was born near Sterling, Ohio, May 23, 1895; died of influenza Nov. 19, 1918; aged 23 y. 5 m. 26 d. He confessed Christ as his personal Savior and united with the Reformed Church, where he worshiped and served his Master. He leaves father, mother, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers, one brother preceding him in death; also a large circle of relatives and friends.

Steider. - Andrew Steider was born near Metamora, Ill., July 24, 1883; died at the home of his sister Mrs. S. E. Unsicker, on Dec. 9, 1918; aged 35 y. 4 m. 15 d. On Dec. 5 he took sick with influenza which later turned into pneumonia. He leaves to mourn his departure his mother, 5 brothers and 3 sisters, his father and 2 sisters having preceded him. Funeral services at the home of his sister, conducted by Andrew A. Schrock. Interment in the Harmony Cemetery.

Reiff. - Harvey S., 37 years old, Principle of the public high school at Bakersville, Ind., and well known teacher of that place and highly respected among all who knew him, died Dec. 20th, at his home in Bakersville. He was a son of the late Israel Reiff. His beloved wife, son, 4 brothers, 1 sister, and many friends mourn his early departure. He was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church and his remains were laid to rest in the Bakersville Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: "Principle" is as in the original.

Frey. - Daniel S. Frey, at his home near Carstairs, Alberta, died of dropsy; aged 58 y. 9 m. 12 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. During his sickness he suffered very much but endured it all with Christian patience. While sick he often expressed his desire to depart from this world and to be with Christ which is far better. Funeral service conducted by N. B. Stauffer, Allen Good, and N. R. Weber. Remains laid to rest in the West Zion Cemetery.

Hartzler. - Freddie Lee, son of Chester D. and Mollie Hartzler, was born at Hubbard, Ore., July 2, 1915; died near Shelbyville, Ill., Jan. 6, 1919; aged 3 y. 6 m. 4 d. Cause of death, pneumonia. The remains were brought back by mother and aunt Sadie, to the parents' home near Hubbard. He leaves father, mother, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Two little sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services Jan. 12, at the Zion A. M. Church by A. P. Troyer and E. Z. Yoder. Text, John 14:18. Remains laid to rest in cemetery near by.

Kaufman. - Fanny Kaufman, (nee Musser), was born Dec. 22, 1844; died from pneumonia brought on by influenza in Rittman, Ohio, Nov. 23, 1918; aged 73 y. 11 m. 1 d. She was married to Peter Kaufman who died about nine years ago. To this union were born 9 children, 4 of whom preceded her to the spirit world; 21 grandchildren, 5 of whom have died, and 7 great-grandchildren. She also leaves 2 sisters, and one brother. In her youth she confessed her Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, where she remained a faithful member until death.

Blosser. - Sterling, son of Harvey and Catherine Blosser, was born Feb. 14, 1907 in Elkhart Co., Ind. On Dec. 17 while at the grist mill with his older brother, he accidentally stepped into a corn sheller, mangling his foot. He was rushed to the hospital, but all medical skill was of no avail. He died Dec. 26 as a result of Titanus. Age, 11 y. 10 m. 12 d. He leaves father, mother, 2 brothers (Russel and Walter), 1 sister (Bessie) and one grandmother, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral held at the Yellow Creek Church conducted by D. A. Yoder.

Transcriber's note: "Titanus" is as in the original.

Forry. - Sister Emma (Miller) Forry, wife of Bro. Henry Forry, died Dec. 15, 1918; aged 61 y. 5 m. 25 d. Death was caused by consumption and a few days illness of influenza. Surviving are her husband, 1 son, 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters. and many friends. Sister Forry was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. Funeral services Dec. 18, from her late home in Hanover, Pa.. and at the Hanover meeting house conducted by Bros. Benjamin Weaver, Daniel Stump, and Peter Shank. Text, Jno. 11 :28. Burial in York Road Cemetery.

Stutzman. - Eldon Lloyd, son of Jacob and Mary Stutzman, was born near Milford, Nebr., June 11, 1917: died at the same place Jan. 11, 1919; aged 1 y. 7 m. His death was caused by pneumonia. He leaves parents and 1 sister to mourn their loss.

Farewell sister, father and mother dear,
Since I must go and leave you here
With Jesus I shall happy be.
0 father and mother, don't weep for me,
For you shall not forgotten be.

Funeral sermon by L. 0. Schlegel. Text, II Kings 4:26.

Cover. - Christian Cover died at his home at Neffsville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 21, 1919, from the effects of a stroke only a few hours prior to his death; aged 65 y. 9 d. His wife preceded him four years ago. He was sound in the faith, an active worker in the church and S. S. for many years, and also one of the leading singers at Landisvalley Church, where be will be greatly missed. But we know that our loss is his eternal gain. There remain to mourn his departure his nephew and niece (George and Elizabeth Karte), whom they had taken in childhood, and raised them as their own. Funeral on the 24th at the Landisvalley Church. Services conducted by Brethren N. L. Landis and J. M. Lefever. Text, I Thess. 4:18 and II Tim. 4:7. Peace to his ashes, rest to his soul.
"Just a lengthening of the shadows,
Just a shortening of the breath,
Just a graying of the features,
Is this dying? Is it death?
Just a closing of the eyelids,
Just a hush, - Why mourn and weep?
So it is our Heavenly Father
Giveth His beloved sleep.

Stauffer. - Galen, youngest son of Emanuel and Mary E. Stauffer, was born at Dunlaps, Ind., Aug. 31, 1895; died at his home in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 17, 1919 ; aged 23 y. 4 m. 16 d. He united with the Church of the Brethren when 8 years of age and remained faithful until death. He was united in marriage to Sister Mabel Pletcher Feb. 9, 1918. He is survived by his wife, mother, 4 brothers (Harlan, Emanuel, Mino, and Floyd), 3 sisters (Clara Wolfe, Mabel Ulery, and Inez Myers), besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Olive church, conducted by Harvey Schwalm and D. A. Yoder.

Davidhizar. - Jacob, eldest son of John and Barbara Davidhizar, was born Oct. 10, 1852, in St. Joe Co., Ind. On Sept. 16, 1877 he was married to Lydia Weaver. To this union were born 8 children. Wife, three sons and one daughter preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite church in his early days and kept his faith till death. On March 14, 1914 he was married to Nancy Springer. He spent nearly all his life in Elkhart Co., Ind. On Dec. 20 be took his bed with pneumonia and passed away Dec. 27 at the age of 66 y. 2 m. 17 d. Funeral services held at the Olive church conducted by J. F. Funk and D. A. Yoder.

Rutt. - Bertha C., daughter of Benjamin K. and Maggie L. Rutt, was born Jan. 18, 1896, died Dec. 9, 1918; aged 22 y. 10 m. 27 d. Death from pneumonia following influenza after an illness of a few days. Bertha accepted Christ as her Savior eight years ago, and remained faithful till the end. She was always in Sunday school whenever her health would permit it. We miss her in the class, but our loss is her eternal gain. Besides parents, she leaves 1 sister (Mae), and 2 brothers (Ray and Clayton), all at home. As all of the family were sick, they had brief services at the house conducted by Bro. David Landis, after which the remains were laid to rest in Mellinger's burial ground.
Her Sunday school teacher.

Yoder. - Mary (Wingard) Yoder was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., Sept. 8, 1884; died at her home in LaGrange Co., Ind., Dec. 28, 1918: aged 34 y 3 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage to Henry H. Yoder Jan. 5, 1905. To this union were born 5 children, one infant daughter preceding her in death. She leaves husband, 4 children (Beulah, LeRoy, Katie, and Carrie), mother, 5 brothers, 2 sisters and many relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her young years and lived a devoted Christian life until death. Death was due to pneumonia following influenza. Funeral was held from the Townline Church on Dec. 31. Services by Chris Miller and Joni Troyer. Text, II Cor. 5.
By a near relative.

Shank. - Emma (Martin) Shank, wife of Daniel C. Shank, was born June 30, 1892; died of a complication of diseases Dec. 21, I918; aged 26 y. 6 m. 21 d. She died at the home of Samuel and Annie Martin, being sick only a few days. She united with the Mennonite Church when 13 years of age, remained faithful until death, and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves husband, 3 small children, 6 sisters, and 1 brother. Buried at Paradise Church near Edgemont, Md. Services conducted by H. H. Baer, George Keener, and John Grove.
Although I never can return,
Let this not grieve your heart;
For you will shortly come to me,
Then we shall never part.
By her mother.

Brenneman. - Noah Jasper, son of Jesse P. and Jerusha Brenneman, was born July 27, 1898, near Zimmerdale, Kans., where be resided with his parents till the time of his departure. Noah was well known in the community and had a large circle of friends. He became ill on Dec. 8, and after a lingering sickness of pneumonia, super-induced by influenza, passed away Dec. 24, 1918; aged 20 y. 4 m. 27 d. He leaves to mourn, father, mother, one grandfather, 5 sisters, 1 brother, and many other relatives and friends. His dying testimony was his assurance of a mansion in the New Jerusalem, and his last words were, "Even so come Lord Jesus." Services were held at the Pennsylvania Church, Brethren D. D. Zook, J. M. R. Weaver, and Christ Reiff officiating, after which he was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Swartzendruber. - Ray, son of Isaac and Barbara Swartzendruber, was born in Wright Co., Iowa, Oct. 31, 1899; died at his home in Iowa Co., Iowa, Dec. 17, 1918; aged 19 y. 1 m. 17 d. On Dec. 6th he was stricken with influenza, later contracted pneumonia which disease caused his death after a brief illness of about 10 days. Ray being the oldest of the children, he was also the first to break the family circle. In his youth he confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the church, remaining a faithful member until death. He leaves his father, mother, two brothers and two sisters; also a very aged grandfather, besides many other sorrowing relatives and friends. Bro. Ray was a boy of a quiet, unassuming disposition and will be greatly missed in the church, in the neighborhood and especially in the home. Short funeral services were held at the home also at the cemetery.

Musselman. - E. Nora, wife of Samuel Z. Musselman, died at her home at Orrtanna, Pa., Dec, 13, 1919, of influenza followed by pneumonia and heart failure; aged 28 y. 6 m. Deceased was the youngest daughter of Bro. and Sister Jacob B. Good of Bareville. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She is survived by her husband and one son (Richard). One son preceded her to the spirit world. She is also survived by three sisters. Private funeral services were held at the late home of the deceased Dec. 16, and the next day the remains were brought to Lancaster Co., and interred in the Groffdale Cemetery. Services by Bro. I. B. Good.
"We shall be parted for a while
But will not forget her loving smile;
And some sweet day when life is o'er
We'll greet her on the other shore."
By her sisters.

Ruth. - Mary, wife of Pre. Joseph G. Ruth of Colmar, Pa., passed from time to eternity after about one week's illness of influenza and pneumonia, aged 57 y. 10 d. This proved a great loss to the immediate home, the community, and the church since she had been in good health up to the time of her recent sickness, and was always in evidence in her calling. Sister Ruth was a loving mother and a devoted companion. She possessed "the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit" which wrought a valuable influence in her work in the Sunday school and the church. She leaves, besides her husband, 1 son and 4 daughters (Horace, Alma, Maggie Delp, Ella Souder, and Emma Souder) ; also eight grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her demise. Funeral Jan. 14, 1919, at the Line Lexington Mennonite meeting house, conducted by Pre. Aaron Freed. Text, Psa. 4:8: "I will both lay me down in peace and sleep."

Heatwole. - Sallie C. Heatwole was born Feb. 16, 1882; died of influenza Dec. 23, 1918 (at her home where she was born); aged 36 y. 10 m. 7 d. She was married to Amos D. Heatwole Dec. 2, 1900. She with her husband accepted Jesus 13 years ago and united with the Mennonite Church. She lived in the faith of her Lord until death. Short services at the home by J. S. Martin and E. D. Hess. The body was taken to Weaver Cemetery and laid to rest, Dec. 25. She leaves a weeping husband, her mother, 7 children at home, 1 brother and 1 sister in N. Dak.

"Let me go, why should I tarry?
What has earth to bind me here?
What but care and toil and sorrow,
What but death and pain and fear?
Let me go, for hopes most cherished,
Blasted round me often lie,
Oh, I've gathered brightest flowers,
But to see them fade and die."

Keagy. - Bro. Martin Keagy, son of Bro. Abraham and Sister Ellen Keagy, died at the home of his parents near Hanover, Pa., Dec. 3, 1918; aged 23 y. 9 m. 23 d. Death was caused by influenza followed by typhoid pneumonia. He leaves father, mother, 3 sisters, 2 brothers grandparents, and many relatives and friends. Deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite church at Hanover, being regular in attendance and taking an active part in Church and Sunday school work. He served as assistant teacher of our aged Bro. Stump's S. S. class. He was respected by all who knew him and will be greatly missed in the home, in the church and in the community. Funeral services were held Dec. 11, at the home of his parents and at the Hanover meeting house conducted by Bros. Samuel Shetler, Daniel Stump, and Peter Shank. Text, Psa. 30:5. Burial in York Road Cemetery.

Lehman. - Aaron, son of Bro. Jacob W. and Sister Leah Lehman, Chambersburg, Pa., died at his home in Sterling, Ill., Dec. 17, after six days' illness from influenza and pneumonia; aged 39 y. 4 m. 6 d. Services conducted by Ralph V. Callaway, pastor of First Christian Church of which he was a member. The deceased was the second of eight chidren and his was the first death in the family. Buried in River Side Cemetery, Sterling. Aaron Lehman went west when 21 years of age. April 19, 1904, married Ruby Quick, who with one son (Lyle Jacob), survives him. Besides his parents, the following brothers and sisters also survive: Levi H., Mrs. Maria Brehm, Anna H., Phoebe G., Mrs. Emma Shatzer, Noah E. and Mrs. Leah Finafrock. Text, Ninetieth Psalm.

Transcriber's note: "eight chidren" is as in the original.

Baker - Ralph, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Baker, was born May 2, 1901; died at the home of his parents near Shipshewana, Ind., Jan. 14, 1919, from the effect of influenza; aged 17 y. 8 m. 11 d. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mothers, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 grandfather and grandmother, a number of uncles and aunts, with a host of other relatives and friends. For some time Ralph had been considering the question of salvation but for some reasons had neglected his opportunities, but shortly before he passed away sealed his covenant by the administration of water baptism leaving the bright hopes of having gained the glory world. The funeral was held at the Shore church Jan 17, conducted by Bros. D. J. Johns and Josiah Miller. Texts, Matt. 11:10 and 24:44. His remains were laid to rest in the Miller Cemetery.

Eby. - Anna Pearl, daughter of Amos F. and Lizzie M. Eby, was born at Hagerstown, Md., Aug. 24, 1899; died at Denbigh, Va., Dec. 30, 1918; aged 19 y. 4 m. 6 d. Her death was caused by an illnes of one week from influenza with heart complications. At the age of twelve Pearl accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite church. She had a winsome disposition which won for her many friends, and by her cheerfulness made her presence felt especially in her home. She was deeply affected by the recent talks of Bro. Brunk against the liberalistic drift and for the separated life and expressed herself so when he was called to her bedside the day before her death. It seemed the Lord had clearly revealed to her that she was to die and she gave bright evidence that she had made her peace with Him. She spent the last hour of her life in singing and prayer. She prayed to be relieved of her sufferings, and then for those at her bedside, for the church, and especially that Bro. Brunk's work in the church might prosper. Her bright testimony and confession of loyalty should be a lesson to her friends and associates, and to all Christians, to live true to the teachings of Jesus Christ and be loyal to the conservative ministers and leaders of the Church. Surviving her are her parents, 5 sisters, 1 brother, and one to whom she was betrothed. Buried Jan. 2, in the Warwick River Cemetery. Owing to the epidemic there were no services except at the grave. Funeral sermon was preached by Bro. Geo. R. Brunk on Jan. 26.
Hannah Brenneman

Transcriber's note: "illnes" is spelled as in the original.

Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 46 - February 13, 1919 - page 831, 832

Eash. - Lester Franklin, son of Bro. Menno and Sister Lizzie Eash, was born near Holsopple, Pa., Jan. 6, 1910; died of diphtheria Oct. 28, 1918; aged 8 y. 9 m. 22 d. He was sick just a few days. He leaves parents, 1 brother and 4 sisters. Short services by Bro. James Saylor. Buried in the Thomas Cemetery.
"Death has robbed us of our Lester
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was Lester, yes, our loved one,
Can we help but shed a tear?"
By a friend.

Witmer. - Morgan Ray, son of Wesley and Almeda Witmer, was born Dec. 24, 1917, near Petersburg, Ont.; died Jan. 26, 1919; aged 1 y. 1 m. 2 d. He leaves parents, 2 sisters, 5 brothers, and many friends. Funeral services Jan. 28 at the Latschar Mennonite church by Bro. Manassah Hallman. Text, Mal. 3:17, first clause. Interment in cemetery near by.
"Gone to heaven is our darling,
Gone to his bright home above;
He has left us here so lonely,
How we miss him whom we loved."
By a friend.

Wingard. - Mary Hershberger Wingard, wife of Josiah Wingard of near Johnstown, Pa., died Jan. 28, 1919; aged 47 y. 10 m. 23 d. She is survived by her husband, 5 children, 2 grandchildren, 1 sister, and 3 brothers. Sister Wingard will be greatly missed in the home, where she was a devoted mother and in the church a consistent member. Her life was a blessing to those who lived in her neighborhood. Funeral services at the Weaver Mennonite Church Jan. 30, conducted by the brethren Hiram Wingard and S. G. Shetler. Text, Psa. 17:15. Burial in the adjoining Cemetery.

Aschliman. - Isaiah Aschliman was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, Oct. 2, 1885; died in a trolley car wreck in London, Ohio, on his way to Columbus, Jan. 14, 1919; aged 33 y. 3 m. 12 d. His first marriage was to Emma Spiess. To this union were born two children, Clayton and Viola. After his first wife's death he was married to Fannie Beck. To this union were born two children, John and Omer. He leaves a grief stricken widow, 3 sons, 1 daughter, father, mother, a brother, 2 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral Jan. 17 at Clinton A. M. Church conducted by C. L Gearig and E. L. Frey. Burial in Pettisville Cemetery.

Rutt. - Bertha C., daughter of Benjamin K. and Maggie Clark Rutt, died Dec. 9, at the home of her parents near Bridgeport, Pa., after a brief illness from pneumonia following an attack of influenza, in her twenty-third year. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister as follows: Clayton, Ray and May. Brief services were held at the home by Bro. David Landis Dec. 11 and burial at Mellinger's Cemetery.
"God has taken her home where pain and woe
Will ne'cr disturb her more.
Oh, let us all prepare to go,
And with her Christ adore."
F. R.

Culp. - Susanna Culp, daughter of Christian and Susanna Witmer, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Dec. 9, 1842; died at her home in Wakarusa, Ind., Jan. 26, 1919, from a complication of diseases; aged 76 y. 1 m. 17 d. She was united in marriage Sept. 29, 1867, to George Culp, who preceded her in death March 11, 1918. To this union were born 7 children, 5 of whom (Noah, Emma, Salome, John and Nelson), and 11 grandchildren survive her. While young in years she gave her heart to Christ and united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith she held until death. Funeral on the 29th at the Olive Church. Services conducted by Henry Weldy. Text, Rev. 22:5.

Lantz. - John Lantz was born in Williams Co., Ohio, Aug. 6, 1848; died in Pettisville, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1919; aged 70 y. 5 m. 16 d. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Nafziger, Nov. 28, 1979. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 5 sons, 4 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends. One infant son preceded him in death. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his young years, united with the Amish Mennonite Church of Fulton Co., Ohio, and remained faithful until death. Funeral services Jan. 6 at the home by Henry Rychener and at the A. M. Church by John L. Rupp and Eli Frey. Texts, Psa. 39:4; Rom 5:12. Burial in the Pettisville Cemetery.

Mast. - Bishop Frederick Mast was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 9, 1850; died Feb. 1, 1919; aged 68 y. 11 m. 22 d. He was married to Lydia Stutzman Jan. 29, 1874. This union was blessed with 7 sons and 5 daughters; also 35 grandchildren. The mother, three sons, one daughter, and 7 grandchildren preceded him in death.
There remain to mourn his departure 8 children, 29 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters, with a large circle of relatives and friends. In early life he confessed and accepted Christ as his Savior, and united with the Amish Mennonite church. On Oct. 16, 1879, he was called into the ministry and April 25, 1883, to the office of bishop, in which capacity he served the church faithfully for nearly 40 years, shepherding and feeding the flock as long as health permitted. He not only was interested in his immediate field of labor, but also in the interest of the Church at large in helping to direct and support her activities. Services were conducted by the brethren, C. Z. Yoder, J. S. Gerig, I. W. Royer, and others. Text, Luke 2:29. Interment in the Martins Creek Cemetery. Peace to his ashes.

Hunsberger. - Jacob B. Hunsberger was born near Parkerford, Pa., Apr. 15, 1836; died near the same place Jan. 28, 1919; aged 82 y. 9 m. 13 d. He was married to Mary Latshaw, who died Apr. 3, 1890. This union was blessed with two children, a son and daughter, the daughter preceding them to their home in glory. In 1894 he was married to Esther Hallman, who survives him. He united with the Mennonite Church, and later was ordained to the ministry, Nov. 24, 1877, serving the churches at Coventry and Vincent, Chester Co., Pa. Bro. Hunsberger had passed beyond the allotted time of three score years and ten, yet he will be greatly missed by those who learned to love him and to look to him for counsel. He was afflicted with sarcoma of the leg for several months, till finally the Lord took him to the home he longed for. Funeral services at his home Feb. 1, conducted by Brethren A. 0. Heistand, J. C. Clemens, and Joseph Ruth; at the Vincent Church, by Frank Swartz, Warren Bean, and the home ministers, Amos Kolb and Henry Bechtel. Texts, Rev. 14:13; Luke 2:29, 30. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"The Gospel was his joy and song
E'en to his latest breath;
The Truth he had proclaimed so long,
Was his support in death."

Yoder. - Mary E., daughter of John and Fanny Kauffman Yoder, was born in Juniata Co., Pa.. May 28, 1841, died at her home in Topeka, Ind., Jan. 11, 1919; aged 77 y. 7 m. 13 d. She leaves 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a niece, who at the age of three years was left without a mother, was given a home and mother's care by her, through her childhood and youth, and who in Aunt Mary's declining years has been her comfort and support, caring for her tenderly in her last illness. She also leaves many other relatives and friends. She came to Indiana from Pennsylvania about fifty years ago and has since made this her home. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth, and has lived a consistent Christian life. Funeral Jan. 13, from the Maple Grove church, conducted by J. Kurtz.

Moyer. - Sister Evelyn, wife of Bro. Walter R. Moyer, Blooming Glen, Pa., was born Nov. 29, 1894; died of influenza Dec. 27, 1918; aged 24 y. 28 d. She leaves her husband, 2 children, her mother, 2 brothers and 3 sisters, besides many friends. She left a bright evidence that our loss is her eternal gain. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church at Blooming Glen.
"'Tis hard to break the tender cord
When love has bound the heart,
'Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words
We must forever part."
Short funeral services at the house by the brethren Joseph M. Gross and J. Frank Swartz, and at the church by Peter Loux and J. Frank Swartz.

Schmucker. - Eli Schmucker was born May 11, 1860; died Jan. 28, 1919; aged 58 y. 8 m. 17 d. Early in his youth he united with the A. M. church, in which faith he remained faithful until death. 0n Dec. 4, 1884, he was married to Sister Anna Forrer, to which union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. On Sept. 13, 1891 his wife died, and on Sept. 27, 1891 one son died. On May 12, 1892, Bro. Schmucker was again married to Sister Anna J. Yoder, to which union were born 1 son and 2 daughters. His second wife died Apr. 1, 1909, and again on Sept. 25, 1910, he married a third wife, Sister Anna Hughes, a widow with six children (5 sons and 1 daughter), and to this union were born 2 sons. He leaves a widow, 5 sons, 4 daughters, the step-children, 2 brothers, and many relatives and friends. He loved the church and was diligent in instructing his family. He will be missed in the home, and the church and also in the community, having always been an obliging, helpful neighbor. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren, J. S. Gerig and J. A. Liechty, and were held at the Beech Church near Louisville, Ohio. Text, Rom. 8:18. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. May God comfort the widow and orphans.

Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Vol. XI, No. 47 - February 20, 1919 - page 847

Martin.--Ivan G., sone of Enos and Anna Martin of near Kralltown, Pa., died Feb. 5, 1919; aged 1 m. 11 d. He is surviced by his parents, l brother and three sisters. Short services at the house and grave, Feb. 7, conducted by Jesse Harbold.

Schweitzer.--Joseph Schweitzer was born near Milford, Neb., Nov. 18, 1887; died near Woodriver, Neb., Jan. 24, 1919; aged 31 y. 2 m. 6 d. He leaves one son, two daughters, mother, two sisters and two brothers. His wife, one son, one brother and one sister died in less that two weeks' time, all of the same disease. Funeral services held Jan. 27, 1919, by Joseph Whitker of Beaver Crossing, Neb. Peace to their ashes.

Miller.--John J. S. Miller was born May 23, 1846; died of apoplexy at his home in La Grange Co., Ind., Dec. 14, 1918; aged 72 y. 6 m. 21 d. He was married to Nancy Miller April 3, 1870. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1872. He leaves wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 26 grandchildren. One daughter and two grand-daughters proceded him in death. Funeral services at the shore Church on the 16th conducted by Oscar S. Hostetler and Amos Cripe. Text. Matt. 13:43.

Schweitzer.--Angie Schweitzer was born Jan. 14, 1899, near Milford, Neb.; died Jan. 20, 1919, near Woodriver, Neb., of pneumonia following an attach of influenza. She leaves mother, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Funeral services and burial Jan. 23, 1919, conducted by Will Eicher of Beaver Crossing, Neb. Rom 6:23, Heb. 9:27.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
Now dear Angie is at rest."

Landis.--Claude, son of Bro. Chas. D. and Sister Minnie (Good) Landis, was born in Rockingham Co., Aug. 15, 1899; died of influenza followed by pneumonia at his home in Bainbridge, Pa., Dec. 11, 1918; aged 19 y. 4 m. 25 d. He was sick only one week when the Lord saw fit to take him home. His last words were, "I am going home to rest." His body was brought to his parentsí home at Bernard, Va., for burial. A sister died just five days before his death. He was married to Sister Lillie McDowel. Dec. 1917. He leaves to mourn their loss a devoted companion, father, mother, two brothers, three sisters, a grandmother, and many other relatives. He was a member of the Mennonite Church.

Witmer.--Morgan Ray, youngest son of J. W. and Almeda Witmer, was born Dec. 24, 1917; died Jan. 26, 1919; aged 1 y. 1 m. 2 d. His death came as a result of pneumonia. Funeral at the Latschar Church near Manheim, Ont., conducted by M. S. Hallman. Text, Mal. 3:17.
"This lovely bud so young and fair
Called hence by early doom
Just came to show how sweet a flower in paradise would bloom."

Schweitzer.--Minerva Schweitzer (nee Stutzman) was born Sept. 13, 1888, in Seward Co., Neb.; died Jan. 11, 1919 near Woodriver, Neb.; age 30 y. 2 m. 28 d. She was united in marriage to Joseph Schweitzer in the Spring of 1907. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. She leaves to mourn her departure husband and children, father, mother, six brothers and four sisters. Two brothers proceded her. Death caused by influenza, followed by pneumonia. All of the family was sick at the time of her death. Peace to her ashes.

Schweitzer.--Peter Schweitzer was born Nov. 22, 1897; died Jan. 12, 1919; age 22 y. 1 m. 21 d. He was not married and made his home with his brother, Joe Schweitzer, husband of deceased ìMinerva Schweitzer,î dying in the same house one day later. He left mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. Influenza, followed by pneumonia, the cause of his death.

"Weep not that his toils are over,
Weep not that his race is run;
God grant we may rest as calmly
When our work, like his, is done."

Schweitzer.--Ervan Schweitzer was born Dec. 27, 1909; died Jan. 13, 1919; age 9 y. 16 d. Leaves to mourn his departure father, 1 brother and 2 sisters. Pneumonia, following influenza caused his death. The above three were laid to rest on Jan. 14, in the Mennonite cemetery near Woodriver, Neb., but on account of the disease, and the rest of the family being sick at the same time, also nearly all the close relation, no services were held until Sunday, Feb. 2, by Amon Stoltzfus. The above three were buried the same day and were of the same family, the following, Joseph Schweitzer, also of the same family.

Schertz.--Samuel Schertz was born Dec. 19, 1875; died Feb. 3, 1919; aged 43 y. 1 m. 5 d. While young he became a member of the Mennonite Church near Roanoke, Ill. He leaves wife, 3 daughters, 2 sons, father, mother, two brothers, and a host of friends. He lived and died a Christian, his life as a believer in Christ, husband, father, and neighbor was Christlike consistancy. He left us and went over. The message was preached by Clayton F. Derstine of Eureka, Ill. Text. II Sam 12:23. Interment in Roanoke Cemetery.

Metz.--Sister Nancy (Ebersole) Metz, wife of Bro. Jacob Metz, died Dec. 1, 1918, from paralysis at the home of her son, Christian Metz, Stoufferstown, Pa.; aged 90 y. 7 d. Surviving are her aged husband, three sons and three daughters (one son and one daughter proceded her), besides grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Short services at the home of her son by Jacob Lehman, after which the remains were taken to Reiffs Mennonite Church, Cearfoss, Md., where further services were conducted by Bro. Christian Strite and Bro. Henry Baer. Laid to rest in graveyard adjoining. She is now enjoying that rest which she so longed for in her declining years.

King.--Ezra, son of Bishop John P. and Rebecca King, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Dec. 21, 1859; died of a fibroid tumor at his home near West Liberty, Jan. 19, 1919; aged 59 y. and 28 d. When a young man, he with his parents moved to Harford, Kans. Where on Dec. 30, 1886, he was married to Rebecca Miller. Three children were born to this union (Clarence, Fannie and Rolly) all of whom survive. In young manhood he united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he died. For five years he had been in failing health, but only recently had his condition become serious, and during the last few days he lived he suffered intensely and on Sunday morning he calmly fell asleep. Funeral services at South Union Church in charge of Bros. S. E. Allgyer and A. I. Yoder. Burial in South Union cemetery.

Eisenberger.--Sister Bertha M. (Welk) Eisenberger, wife of Clarence E. Eisenberger of Ronks, Pa., died Jan. 21, 1919. Death was caused by bronchial pneumonia following influenza, after an illness of about ten days. Age 25 y. 6 m. 22 d. She leaves her sorrowing husband and 2 small children (Miriam and Benjamin), parents, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 13, and remained faithful until death. Private services at her late home by Bro. C. M. Brackbill. Laid to rest in the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.
"Dearest Bertha, thou has left us
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal."
--By her sister.

Summer.--Samuel K., youngest son of Bro. and Sister Jacob B. Summer, near New Paris, Ind., was born Oct. 28, 1911; died Feb. 5, 1919; aged 7 y. 4 m. 17 d. His death was due to an injury sustained from the kick of a horse which he received a month previous. He is survived by his parents, 3 sisters (Velma, Delta, and Rachel Fern) and one brother (Wayne). During the period of his illness little Samuel suffered intense pain with very little complaint. His death is the first out of nine children and thirty grandchildren on the Summer side. He was dearly loved by all. Funeral service Feb. 8, at the home by Bro. D. D. Miller, and at the Brethren Church in New Paris by Bro. G. J. Lapp. Text, (Samuelís favorite Ser. verse) Psa. 23:1 Interment in the Violet Cemetery near Waterford, Ind. May God bless and comfort the beraved.

Shaum.--Barbara Berky was born Oct. 28, 1850, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died Nov. 24, 1918, at the home of her son, Ephraim Markley, near Seville, Ohio; aged 68 y. 26 d. She was married to Joseph Markley Jan. 11, 1883. They made their home in Medina Co., Ohio. To this union were born five children. One son and one dughter proceded her in death. She was married the second time to Joseph Shaum Oct. 8, 1891. They had their home near Wakarusa, Ind. To this union was born one daughter. After the death of her husband she remained on the home with her daughter Mary. She united with the Mennonite Church early in life and remained a faithful member till death. After her death she was brought back to the home of her daughter, where the funeral took place on Thanksgiving day. Services at Yellow Creek, conducted by John Martin and Henry Weldy. Buried in the adjoining cemetery.

Nusbaum.---Clara, daughter of Joseph and Elizabetrh Nusbaum was born Sept. 26, 1891. She spent all her life on the farm near Wakarusa, Ind., where she was born. She was kind and affectionate in her home and community life, always placing the welfare of others before her own. In the spring of 1909 she was converted and united with the Mennonite Church at Yellow Creek, of which body she was a faithful member until death. She was a teacher in the Sunday school for a number of years and the children and young people whom she taught were the concern of her soul. About the middle of January she contracted influenza from which she passed peacefully away Feb. 4, 1919; aged 27 y. 4 m. 8 d. She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, one sister Mrs. Elmer Pletcher, one grandfather, one grandmother, and many other relatives, and a large host of friends. The family loses the presence of a loving daughter, the Church the presence of a willing and consacrated worker, and the young people the presence of a devoted friend. Funeral services at the Yellow Creek Church conducted by D. A. Yoder and Harvey Schwalm. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 48 - February 27, 1919 - page 863

Ebersole. - Bro. Emanuel M. Ebersole died near Chambersburg, Pa., Feb. 5, 1919, after a lingering illness following influenza, aged 17 y. 6 m. 16 d. Buried at the Chambersburg Mennonite church. Services by D. E. Kuhns, text Rev. 2:10, last clause.

Kurtz. - Hettie B., daughter of John and Catharine B. Keener, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 31, 1841; died at her home near North Lawrence, Ohio, Jan. 31, 1919; aged 78 y. 4 d. She was married to John C. Kurtz Dec. 22, 1872; moved to Ohio in 1873. To this union were born two children. Funeral services at her home conducted by Bro. I. J. Buchwalter. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: Given age (4 d.) is not consistent with birth and death dates.

Gerber. - Sister Maria Nussbaum Gerber was born in Switzerland June 18, 1938; died of cancer of the breast Feb. 2, 1919; aged 80 y. 7 m. 14 d. Immigrated to this country in 1868, was married to Peter J. Gerber in 1873. Three sons were born to this union. She leaves to mourn their loss the three sons (Jacob, Joshua and David) also 9 grandchildren. Her husband died May 14, 1913. Funeral was held at the Swiss Mennonite church near Dalton, O., of which she had been a member for many years. Services were held by Bro. Jacob Nussbaum. Text, I Pet. 1:3, 4.

Krady. - Paul Henry, son of Stoner and Frances Krady, was born near Elizabethtown, Pa., Nov. 24, 1918; died at the same place Feb. 12, 1919, aged 12 weeks. Died of influenza. He leaves parents, 1 grandmother and 2 grandfathers and many other relatives and friends. Short services were held at the house Feb. 14, conducted by Bro. Simon Landis. Text, II Cor. 5 :1. Interment in the Elizabethtown Mennonite Cemetery.

"The Gardener saw the beauty
Of the little one so fair;
He took his hand and plucked it,
And keeps it in His care."

Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana

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